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What are the wines of the Loire Valley? | Loire Valley Wine Region of France | SommelierQA.com

What Are the Wines of the Loire Valley?

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What are some of the standout wines coming from the Loire Valley? What makes this region special, and what advice might you give to those looking to visit the region in terms of where to go and what to try? What foods pair best with Loire Valley wines? Loire valley is vast – stretching from […]

What is Chateauneuf du Pape Wine? | SommelierQA.com

What is Chateauneuf du Pape Wine?

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The wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape (CDP) vary from full-bodied reds to rich and mouth filling whites and even some light–hearted Rosés. The CDP AOC is the largest single AOC in the southern Rhone valley in France. Bordered to the North by the northern Rhone Valley (CDP is equal in size to the total ..

What is Cabernet Franc? What Does Cabernet Franc Taste Like? | Cabernet Franc Food Pairings

What is Cabernet Franc? What Does it Taste Like?

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Cabernet Franc is a medium-skinned grape variety of the genus vitis vinifera. It is not clear where the grape vine originated but there is some evidence it came from the Basque region of France. The grape is considered one of the “International” varieties having originated in around France. Cabernet ..

What is Pouilly-Fumé? | Loire Valley, France - Sauvignon Blanc | Adam Chase, SommelierQA.com

What is Pouilly-Fumé?

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Pouilly-Fumé is a PDO/Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AC) wine region in the Central Vineyards section of France’s Loire Valley. It produces only white wines from Sauvignon Blanc. Many people confuse the region with Pouilly-Fuisse AC. Fuisse also produces white wine, but from Chardonnay and is located ..

What's the Difference Between Left Bank and Right Bank Bordeaux Wines? | Maggie Campbell DipWSET | SommelierQA.com

What is the difference between Left Bank and Right Bank Bordeaux, both geographically and in terms of wine styles?

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When discussing Bordeaux, one of the first distinctions one may come across is the differentiation between right and left bank. The Gironde estuary cuts the region in two with Médoc and Graves on the left bank and St-Émilion and Pomerol on the right. The left bank is distinctive because of its gravel, ..

What's the Difference Between Champagne and Prosecco? | Sommelier Q&A | Christian Oggenfuss, CEO Napa Valley Wine Academy

What’s the Difference Between Champagne & Prosecco?

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While both wines are sparkling and are apt to liven up any occasion the two sparkling beverages are different in more ways than one. First, while all Champagne is sparkling not all sparkling wine is Champagne. Champagne comes exclusively from the cool northerly French region that shares its name. Prosecco, ..

Malbec Wine Taste | What Does Malbec Taste Like? | Kevin Cornish | SommelierQA.com

What Does Malbec Wine Taste Like?

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What does Malbec taste like? Malbec is a lush, ripe wine with dark concentrated flavors.  It contains beautiful black fruit flavors and aromatics of spice and some floral notes at times.  There are different degrees of complexity in Malbec depending upon the winemaker and the region it is made in. What’s ..

Background on Red Burgundy Wines and Burgundy Wine Region | Sarah Trubnick, Sommelier Barrel Room San Francisco | SommelierQA.com

Could You Give a Background on Red Burgundy Wines?

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The Burgundy region is a very complicated subject. With its ancient and extremely complex soils and limestone cliffs, varied pockets of meso- and microclimates, and notable vintage variation, the terrain and climate themselves lend to some of this complexity. Add in the small parcels owned by most producers ..

What does French Chardonnay Taste Like? | What is French Chardonnay | Tim Smith | SommelierQA.com

How would you describe a classic, French Chardonnay in terms of aromatics and taste?

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This sounds silly to say out loud, but everyone needs to drink more French Chardonnay. French Chardonnay are true examples of the varietal. Chablis (no or minimal oak) provides a reductive style. Clean, crisp with higher acid and tarter tree fruits. The iconic minerality pushes through as flint, and an elegant ..